Just before midnight as Christmas Eve turned into Christmas Day disaster happened in central South Dakota.  

A Plankinton man walking on U.S. Highway 281 was struck by a vehicle two miles east of Plankinton.

20 year old Hermenegildo Rodriguez Guzman died from injuries sustained in the accident.  According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the area was not lighted and Guzman was wearing dark clothing.  Speed was not a factor and no charges are pending.  All occupants of the vehicle were uninjured.